Small things can save you big on your power bill

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by Cleve Bryan

WVEC.com

Posted on July 24, 2012 at 1:20 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 26 at 5:41 PM

NORFOLK -- It's going to be another hot couple of days in Hampton Roads and across northeastern North Carolina.  A heat advisory is in effect from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday.

13News Meteorologist Craig Moeller says highs today will be in the mid to upper 90s and in the upper 90s tomorrow. "We will also have increasing humidity making it feel between 105 and 110," he stated.

That means we're turning down the thermostat to keep cool and that means higher electric bills.

Dominion Virginia/North Carolina Power says small things can save you money. First, you can save as much as 3-percent on costs for every degree you turn UP the thermostat. But officials know you want to stay comfortable.

Turn off unnecessary lights, use ceiling fans and portable floor fans to move air around.

Close the drapes and shades during the hottest times of the day to keep sunlight out.

Also, wait until early morning or late evening to wash clothes and dishes with hot water. You won't add heat and humidity to your home.

It's important to clean or change the filters in your AC system because clogged filters don't run as efficiently.

Also, clear attic vents and if there are fans in the attic, make sure they are working properly to move hot air out.

If you experience a power outage, call 866-366-4357.

Temperatures will gradually cool, at least a little, through the weekend and early next week, Moeller states.

If you don't have AC, you can go to the libraries or rec centers in your city, or head to the shopping centers until the temperature falls. 

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